Best Practices

Experiential Learning

Girls are not just interested in how to do something: they want to know why they should. Experiential learning—or learning by doing—is the way Ellis ignites their curiosity and help girls construct meaning in and across subject areas. Experiential learning occurs in every class and at every grade level through hands-on activities, group projects, and research projects.

By trying new things and then applying what they know, girls see for themselves how a particular subject area applies to their own lives. Guided by caring teachers and advisors, Ellis girls learn to extend the skills they develop in one class into other, interdisciplinary areas. Projects become gradually more complex and interdisciplinary, helping girls to scaffold to higher understanding.